Answer to Probability Quiz Question #4
In June, 1990, Canada's Meech Lake Accord was about to expire, and
had not yet been ratified by three provinces. On June 9, a tentative
deal for ratification was reached at a First Minister's conference.
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney then gave an interview in which he described
the conference as "rolling the dice". This remark reminded Canadians
of the inherent randomness of the entire process. It became a focal
point of anti-Meech sentiment, and contributed to the accord's demise.
The Charlottetown referendum of 1992, the rise of the Reform Party and
the Bloc Quebecois in 1993, Quebec's near-secession in 1995, and even
the current sponsorship scandal, can all be traced back to the failure
of the Meech Lake Accord, and to Mulroney's unfortunate (if accurate)
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